The heat has no place to hide
Engineers from Impactics might not be creating product every week, but when they come up with something, it’s usually an extraordinary construction. This also applies to their new chassis – DMono with a prosaic attribute. Its design is remarkable and with the emphasis on fully passive configurations. It can do more than just absorb the heat from CPU.
There are more and more passive cases on the market, but few of them can remove the heat from VRM. Cheaper motherboards do not have their own cooling solution for power supply circuits, and therefore, when operating in a completely enclosed construction, power loss, system instability, or shorter lifespan of MOSFETs may occur.
DMono 1 is ready to deal with the heat from MOSFETs. In addition to the built-in block for CPU, it has a separate block for VRM, M.2 SSD (which is essential for powerful NVMe SSDs), and even for chipsets. These “bridges“ transfer the heat to the aluminum structure, and critical components can breathe more easily. The surface of the chassis is smooth, without ribbing, but judging by the photos, it’s also quite thick. Specifications mention a thermal performance of 35 W, which is enough even for Core i7-7700T.
The layout of the case (its blocks for cooling) is fixed, which means limited compatibility. This first version is compatible with four Gigabyte boards: H110TN, H110TN-E, H110TN-M and Q170TN. We believe that this concept will be a success, and Impactics will expand the compatibility eventually.
Chassis dimensions are relatively tight, 216 × 40 × 216 mm. You can buy it on Caseking for 199.90 €. The price may seem a bit high, but after a very good experience with C3LH and D1NU(EX), we can say that it is probably justified. Impactics products are known for their exceptional design (and this one is definitely no cliché). The I/O shield is also made of the massive, 2-mm sheet metal, and it is part of the accessories.
The increased robustness of this chassis is plainly based on the fact that customers will use it mainly in an industrial environment. Therefore, DMono 1 meets the requirements of EN 60950-1 and EN 60601-1.
- The heat has no place to hide